Radio Free Hillsdale may add to its growing collection of awards with the announcement of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards finalists. Eight shows were named as finalists for the awards, all in different categories.
The individual radio stations are responsible for submitting their work to the ISB panel for reviews. Finalists in each category are from the top 10 percent of their category. The winners of the awards will be announced as finalists in March at the annual IBS International Conference in New York City.
“We’re compatible to stations and programs that have been in the IBS awards for years,” said Scot Bertram, general manager of the radio station. “It’s an indication of how serious the students take their craft and how good they’ve become in such a short amount of time.”
The finalists could have broadcasted at any point in 2018, and some finalists have since graduated. Sarah Schutte and Chandler Lasch, both class of 2018, are finalists in the Best Specialty Show and Best Show Promotional Poster categories for their program “Wait, What Happened?”. Citizen Talk, hosted by graduate students Juan Davalos and Lynette Grundvig, is a finalist for Best Public Affairs Program. Junior Benjamin Dietderich is a finalist for two categories for his interviews with Ben Shapiro and John Bolton. “Miss Informed,” which is hosted by junior Kiara Freeman and sophomore Isabella Redjai and produced by senior Jordyn Pair, is a finalist for Best Talk Program.
“It’s a very well-produced show,” Bertram said about Miss Informed. “There’s been a lot of planning and format over the last two years. They really work at the craft.”
Freeman has been hosting the show since its debut episode two years ago.
“This is only our second year,” she said. “I never thought talking about these stupid things that we’re just having fun with is something that people would really enjoy. It’s funny that people responded well to just me talking.”
Senior and WRFH Sports Director Cole McNeely played a role in both broadcasts named as finalists for the awards. His and junior Martin Petersen’s broadcast of Hillsdale Academy vs Bellevue is a finalist for Best Men’s Basketball Play-by-Play, and his and Tyler Creager’s ‘18 Hillsdale College vs. Findlay broadcast was nominated for Best Baseball/Softball Play-by Play. McNeely said it’s good to see his team’s hard work pay off.
“We’re calling baseball game outdoors in Michigan in early March and April. It’s not always fun. We’re in mid-30 degree weather,” he said. “Having some recognition for the effort we put into that is a good thing.”